Category: Business News

Lee Drozak: WP Site Success

Lee Drozak operates WP Site Success, a WordPress-focused agency based in rural Pennsylvania. Catch up with Lee on Twitter and LinkedIn.

The who:

Given a business name is so central to a brand, we tend to put a lot of importance on it. How did you arrive at a name, and how do you feel about it now that you’ve been in business a while?

WP Site Success was born out of a need to let people know more about websites and WordPress. It’s about making your website key to your marketing and brand. That means the success to enjoy a website that works.

Lee Drozak Agency

Nailing the name that reflects the business’s mission was a key point moving forward because it encompasses and is the cornerstone of the messaging.

With some brands, location is a key component. Is there anything about the place you live and work that’s shaped Read the rest

Accelerator programme designed to champion diversity in entrepreneurship in Wales announces inaugural award winners

An accelerator programme designed to champion diversity across the Welsh business start-up landscape has announced the winners of its inaugural awards.

The Excelerator Programme has seen 23 entrepreneurs that are young, female, disabled or from a black and minority ethnic background participate in a Welsh Government-funded 12-week immersive accelerator programme.

The programme was launched to support groups that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, to help budding entrepreneurs launch and grow their business idea or scale an existing business.

The Excelerator Programme has included expert masterclasses for founders and mentorship and professional coaching from business start-up and scaleup experts. It has been delivered as part of the Business Wales Accelerated Growth Programme, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. The programme has supported 1053 businesses in Wales to create over 9000 jobs. Research led by Professor Max Mundy of Cardiff Business School has demonstrated … Read the rest

When are business taxes due and how can you prepare now?

This article was originally published on Aug. 18, 2017, and was updated on Jan. 10, 2019, Jan. 15, 2020 and May 10, 2021. 

As the expression goes, “nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Everyone knows you have to pay the IRS when you earn an income, but not just individually. Companies, whether giant corporations or sole proprietorships, have to pay taxes — and they have to do it on time. So, when are business taxes due?

When you start a business, one of the things you will have to deal with is deadlines.

 

Your clients will not accept getting what they paid for whenever you get around to finishing it. You set expectations for when your client will receive your goods or services, and you deliver on time. If you don’t, you risk getting a reputation that you are difficult to deal with, and will likely leave your … Read the rest

Bradford couple arrested over £3.4m job scheme fraud

Two people have been arrested over a suspected £3.4m furlough scheme fraud.

The man, 35, and woman, 36, from Bradford, were also interviewed in relation to a suspected multi-million-pound tax fraud, officials said.

More than £6m held in bank accounts controlled by the pair has been frozen by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Both were held on suspicion of cheating the public revenue, VAT evasion and money laundering. They have since have been released under investigation.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), commonly called the furlough scheme, was launched in March 2020, at the start of the coronavirus crisis, to minimise unemployment.

It covers up to 80% of an employee’s salary for the hours they cannot work, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.

Janet Alexander, director of the HMRC’s Taxpayer Protection Taskforce, said the vast majority of employers had used the scheme responsibly.

However, she said: “We will … Read the rest

Making the most of Miami’s micro-business economy

For the last five years, Dan Grech has been teaching entrepreneurs in Miami how to use the internet to grow their businesses. His clients are as eclectic as the city itself, ranging from long-established restaurants and hip new bakeries in need of a digital presence to boost online orders to first-timers like 14-year-old Zoe Terry, who created Zoe’s Dolls to give dolls of color to other Black girls like herself.

“Miami ranks as a leader in new business startups, but near the bottom in scale-ups,” says Grech, the founder and CEO of BizHack Academy. “We’ve always attracted dreamers and strivers, but we don’t have the technology ecosystem of other places, so a lot of people don’t have 21st-century  skills for building new businesses. If we can close that gap, Miami will unleash a hurricane of innovation.”

Chart of microbusiness density in Miami

Therein lies the opportunity for Miami — and the challenge. The Miami metro area, … Read the rest

Twitter launches ‘tip jar’ to let users send money to favourite accounts

Twitter has launched a new “tip jar” feature which will allow people to send money to others on the site.

To begin with, only a select group of people will be able to receive tips, including journalists, experts and content creators.

The social media giant says the feature is “an easy way to support the incredible voices that make up the conversation”.

The tip jar function will add a small icon next to a user’s profile with a drop-down menu for payment providers such as PayPal and Venmo.

However, the feature has come under fire for exposing personal information, such as email addresses.

Because the payment is made through external systems, some users have noticed that tipping a PayPal account … Read the rest

GoDaddy Q&A with fashion designer and Project Runway finalist Kelly Dempsey

Kelly Dempsey climbed the fashion ladder on season 14 of the hit show, “Project Runway.” The only self-taught designer that season, Kelly made it to the finale and showed off her fearless, unique style and creative approach to clothing. Show mentor Tim Gunn has even gone on record in a 2015 interview saying she had the best collection of the finalists. Her humor and realness, along with her nickname Kelly from the Deli, helped solidify her following. 

Following her success on Project Runway, she launched her business, Rack Addik. Her unique take on streetwear, filled with interesting blends of patterns and fabrics, stood out in a crowded space. She takes pride in her approach, always trying to incorporate thrift store finds to normalize used clothing and not contribute to the waste seen with fast fashion.

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Kelly, a native Massachusettsan, shifted her business Read the rest

UK SMEs to invest an average of £150,000 as post lockdown optimism grows

The UK government’s plans to ease lockdown restrictions have seen a surge in optimism from SMEs, according to a new survey

The survey also highlights the fact that three quarters of business owners share a positive outlook and 74% believe that demand will be back to pre-pandemic levels by Christmas.

SMEs across the country have begun outlining their plans to return to a more open economy with 6 in 10 seeing the acquisition of new customers as the main reason to be optimistic.

As a result, the average SME intends to invest £150,000 in the coming months, with those in the construction and transport sectors planning to invest even more.

Three-fifths are planning to dedicate a portion of investment to staff training and development or new hires. This means that nearly a third of the UK’s 6million SMEs are planning on increasing their workforce, a powerful boost for the nation’s … Read the rest

Sheyne Branconnier: Smile MEDIA

Sheyne Branconnier operates Smile MEDIA, a full-service web design, development and marketing company with offices in Boston, Dover, NH and Exeter, NH. Catch up with him on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

The who:

Given a business name is so central to a brand, we tend to put a lot of importance on it. How did you arrive at a name, and how do you feel about it now that you’ve been in business a while?

At our foundation we are a service company aimed to please. Our focus is on the one universal expression we are aiming for. A smile is one of the single universal expressions of happiness worldwide; it is used as a kind gesture when greeting someone and is sometimes an uncontrollable emotional response to an interaction.

That is why we have made it the core to our beliefs and our name.

It is … Read the rest

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corporate strategy analyst steelcase

Published this month, a post by Thomas Wailgum, entitled To Hell with Business Intelligence: 40 Percent of Execs Trust Gut He wrote about a recent research from Accenture According the research, nearly half (40 percent) of major corporate decisions are based on the good ‘ole gut. The first one to effective business is the cultural and social barriers. A nation’s culture and social forces can restrict international business activities. Culture consists of a country’s general concepts and values and tangible items such as food, clothing, and building. Rs sounding board Social forces include family, education, religion and customs. Selling products from one country to another is sometimes difficult when the cultures of the two countries differ significantly. … Read the rest